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4th OF JULY CELEBRATIONS
Fourth of July fireworks in San Diego rival St. Patrick's Day for biggest bang ever! By 5 p.m., you can't ride your bike on the Mission Bay boardwalk, the parties bulge at the seam and people jostle for an inch of sand. Here are some of our favorite God Bless America celebrations from downtown San Diego to Laguna Beach.
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA: The 40-story Manchester Grand Hyatt has unrivaled vistas of the San Diego Bay. As the tallest hotel in downtown San Diego's waterfront, it's the perfect spot to enjoy the San Diego Big Bay Boom - 4th of July firework spectacular. The show can be seen from a number of locations throughout the hotel: water-facing rooms, Top of the Hyatt bar and two pools. In addition to the Big Bay Boom, the incredible height of the Manchester Grand Hyatt provides the chance to see a variety of other firework displays taking place along San Diego's coast - Coronado, Sea World, etc. Experience the largest waterfront urban resort on the West Coast when you visit Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The property will be hosting a series of activities for hotel guests (4th floor pool deck) and guests/locals can enjoy live music. in addition to games such as three-legged races and blanket volleyball. Big Bay Boom kicks off at 9 p.m.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego: Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic weekend at the bayside Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina hotel! Offering front row seats from Harbor Island of San Diego's 'Big Bay Boom' fireworks spectacular from over 1000 of their rooms and grounds, the Sheraton will offer a fun BBQ on the hotel's Bay View Lawn. Open to the public, the BBQ picnic will feature a Stone Brewery pop-up beer garden experience, a drum band, cash food and beverage concessions featuring burgers, hot dogs, salads and more as well as an astro jump and special kids area, and a special visit from the local fire department for kids to take photos in the firetruck and with the firefighters.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego: Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offering the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. In Fall 2012, Rancho Valencia—Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property— reopened to guests after a 10-month, $30 million property-wide renovation. Celebrate 4th of July at Rancho Valencia with their special cocktail, the Sassy Sangrita, consisting of Herencia Blanco Tequila shaken with House Made Sangrita, a house made grenadine base with jalapenos, chili powder, serrano peppers and topped off with citrus juice. A refreshing and light way to toast to the 4th of July.
Brockton Villa, La Jolla: Set overlooking the beautiful La Jolla Cove, Brockton Villa is the ideal spot to ooh and aah while watching unobstructed fireworks over the ocean this Fourth of July. Starting at 6pm, Brockton Villa will celebrate Independence Day with an annual seaside soiree, which includes a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, an endless buffet of summer picnic fare, three complementary drink tickets, and prime seating for the spectacular La Jolla fireworks show. Reservations are required, as the event sells out every year. Tickets are priced at $35 for children, $95 for adults pre-sale and $105 when purchased July 1-4. Tickets may be purchased by calling 858-454-7393.
THE US GRANT Hotel, downtown San Diego: Built by the son of President Ulysses S. Grant, the National Landmark hotel invites you to celebrate Americana tradition during your San Diego getaway with a sweet indulgence curated by the hotel’s Executive Chef. Inspired by Red, White, and Blue, your in-room amenity will include all the components for two to build your own summer Shortcakes - including a selection of berries grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden. The Salute to Summer experience is available for arrivals the first through the last day of summer. Three day advance purchase required. Rates start at $227. Reserve your experience online at www.usgrant.net/rates, call 866-716-8136 or through your preferred travel professional. Please mention promotion code LAPKG6-12.
The Commons Bar, Gaslamp Quarter: The Commons Bar is celebrating 4th of July with a special patriotic cocktail, Frozen Freedom, consisting of citrus and sweet tea vodka, grenadine, curacao and topped off with delicious frozen lemonade. The classic neighborhood bar features an array of kicked up bar fare that pair perfectly with this fun summer cocktail.
Beaumont's Eatery, San Diego: Beaumont's Eatery is celebrating Fourth of July with four days straight of delicious brunch. Beginning on Thursday, July 4, Beaumont's will open early for a bustling brunch with live music on the recently updated outdoor patio, where guests can begin the long weekend with good company, great grub and boozy breakfast favorites like the "Don't You Judge Me," Diablo Michi Lada and the Bacon LOVE and Tomato Mary. After enjoying a leisurely brunch at Beaumont's on Independence Day morning, guests can head to Brockton Villa for the annual fireworks soiree before recovering at Beaumont's the next morning.
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, downtown San Diego: Located in the heart of San Diego's lively Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is the perfect destination for 4th of July travelers seeking amazing restaurants, the city's most popular pool party, chic nightlife and a full-service Rock Spa. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is offering a variety of unique 4th of July packages including:
INTERVENTION WITH REDFOO [7/06] & COSMIC GATE [7/07]: The now famous Intervention at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is a holiday staple, and the massive pool party will span two days the weekend after the July 4 holiday - Saturday, July 6 with the awesome Redfoo and Sunday, July 7, with internationally renowned duo Cosmic Gate. Grab a room package VIP with access for 2, and party day and night.
PURE INDULGENCE: Why not treat yourself and reserve one of our 17-individually designed Rock Star Suites? Then stay out late, sleep in, order up room service and do nothing but enjoy the sweet gift of holiday time off. When you do leave the confines of your luxe suite, try an 80-minute Dream Weaver massage at full-service Rock Spa as the icing on the cake.
Surf and Sand Resort, Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach's premier water-front hotel is the prime 4th of July destination. A sun-washed escape with staggering ocean views, the Surf and Sand's outdoor area and Splashes restaurant are the ideal spots to watch 'the best of' Orange County's fireworks. The hotel will be hosting an upscale, all-american 4th of July BBQ on the pool deck, with pristine views of the fireworks. The BBQ will include burgers, hot dogs and fish tacos made to order and tray passed bites, as well as festive side dishes and patriotic refreshments and drink specials. There will also be live music at the pool from 3-5 p.m. The BBQ, for hotel guests and locals, will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and cost is dependent upon order.
AND THE BEAT GOES ON! The Grand Del Mar will spotlight an array of musical talent – from the folk rock tunes of Delta Rae to the Grammy Award-winning Steve Tyrell – during its second annual Summer Concerts at The Grand presented by BMW Encinitas, July 14 to September 1, 2013, at 7 p.m. Due to the popularity of last year’s inaugural program, The Grand Del Mar has scheduled a dynamic series of Sunday night concerts with world-class musical talent taking center stage in the resort’s Grand Ballroom. General seating is $65 per person; VIP seating, $95 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.GrandSummerConcerts.com.
· Sunday, July 14 – All-4-One, the group known internationally for hitting the charts and winning awards for their beautiful love songs like “So Much In Love” and “I Swear.”
· Sunday, July 21 – Delta Rae performs inspired four-part harmonies with a rich North Carolina soul. Their “Bottom of the River” song can be heard on the new trailer for season six of the HBO hit series True Blood.
· Sunday, July 28 – ARRIVAL from Sweden sings the world’s most popular ABBA songs and has delighted fans in over 35 countries and appeared on television and radio shows.
· Sunday, August 4 – The Fabulous Thunderbirds is a Grammy-nominated blues group from Austin that won high acclaim for its crossover “Tuff Enuff” album, a platinum-certified hit.
· Sunday, August 11 – The Ultimate Stones is a Rolling Stones tribute band that creates exciting concert experiences complete with an all look-alike energetic cast of musicians.
· Sunday, August 18 – Vienna Teng is a captivating singer and pianist accompanied by percussionist Alex Wong; both are celebrated for their brilliant talents.
· Sunday, August 25 – Steve Tyrell, Texas-born and known as “America’s wedding singer,” is known for his A&R and film work.
· Sunday, September 1 – Patrizio Buanne is an Italian vocalist who entrances listeners with his naturally graceful, “simpatico” voice. He has traveled the globe to huge acclaim.